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North’s Mikaela Fording sets school RBI record

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North junior Mikaela Fording has just one more season of softball to play for the Rangers, but she won’t be forgotten any time soon.

Fording knocked in 32 runs this season to break the school record for runs batted in during a single season. Kelsey Pacholke set the previous mark with 30 RBI in 2011.

“It’s crazy,” Fording said of the record. “I’m so proud of all the work I’ve put in with my hitting coach, Tom Braddock. He’s helped me so much. I couldn’t thank him enough, all my coaches, it means a lot to me.”

As a junior, Fording also led the team in batting average (.437), on base percentage (.490), slugging percentage (.736), games played (26), plate appearances (98), at bats (87), hits (38), doubles (12) and home runs (4).

“Mikaela Fording for the three years she’s been here has done nothing but good things for this program,” said North coach Andrew Palermo. “She’s a warrior and goes out and catches and her numbers, she led the team in average, RBI, and if I let her run the girl probably would have led the teams in runs. She’s got great numbers. Hats off to a girl that busts her tail.”

Click here to read the rest of this story, which includes a video interview with Mikaela Fording.

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